Rae's Say: Not Constantinople

May 20, 2005
By Derek Rae
The column comes to you this week from the banks of the Bosphorus. A bustling conurbation, sitting astride two continents, Istanbul is Turkey's cultural and historical heart.

Before you ask, the primary reason for my journey to this sprawling city is not to purchase an oriental rug at a bargain price in the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest covered markets.

Then again, I am an Aberdonian and we have a reputation for being canny people when it comes to parting with our ...

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